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It's the effervescent, tiara-obsessed Mariah Carey's 43nd birthday! As I've claimed previously, Mariah is the best kind of crazy celebrity because she's half-aware of her hilarious insanity: "This is a woman who loves winking decadence and snide one-liners as much as any drag queen, but because she's such an unmistakable diva and Leona Helmsley-level snob, she's oblivious to how ridiculous her attitudes and self-absorption sometimes are. That is a very exciting spectrum of nuttiness." Yes, I just quoted myself. I speak the truth!

For Ms. Carey's birthday, let's count down her 43 greatest singles, Ok? I've (regrettably) omitted remix cuts, but I'll note here that the remixes of "We Belong Together," "Dreamlover," and "Heartbreaker" may be even better than the originas. Now, onward.

43. "Bringin' on the Heartbreak"

42. "Breakdown"

41. "Never Too Far"

40. "I Wanna Know What Love Is"

39. "Loverboy"

38. "Crybaby"

37. "Through the Rain"

36. "Thank God I Found You"

35. "I Know What »

- virtel

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